If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em
Two stories from the weekend worth reading, at the Salt Lake Tribune and Living on Earth, highlight a nascent conservation movement in response to the federal government's poor Western land management strategy. Several groups are even taking advantage of a recent proposal in Congress to open up for cheap sale 5 million acres of public lands in 13 states by buying it themselves. It's an interesting and proactive step among environmentalists, whose lack of corporate political donation dollars often leave them reacting to legislation, rather than shaping it.
Read more about mining and drilling claims in the West at EWG's public lands issues page.